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Stanford looking for recruits in the desert
It looks as though Stanford has made Arizona a high priority in their search for talent. The Cardinal has offered no less than seven of the state's top prospects including OT Zach Schlink, RB Covaughn Deboskie, WR Luke Matthews, CB Quinn Evans, QB Sean Renfree, SS Harold Bernard and P Jeff Locke. Schlink, Renfree and Locke have all already committed elsewhere but Stanford is making a hard push form Deboskie, Matthews, Evans and Bernard and in fact, all four will be taking their official visits to Stanford on Sept. 22nd when the Cardinal host the Oregon Ducks. Deboskie, from Chandler Hamilton, has been the most heavily recruited player of the group, holding offers from 19 programs. He has publically announced Stanford as one of his favorites along with Cal, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Florida and Alabama. Deboskie has Hamilton out to a 3-0 start behind nearly 300 yards rushing (10 ypc) and 5 TDs. The Huskies play 3-0 Mesa Dobson on Friday. Stanford was the first offer for Evans and seems to be his favorite with Northwestern also offering. Evans and his Chandler Basha teammates are currently 3-0 and Evans is playing CB, RB and returning kicks. They have a bye this week. Both Bernard and Matthews are multi-position players but both have said that Stanford is recruiting them on the defensive side of the ball. Matthews, from Phoenix Desert Vista, is being recruited as either a safety or possibly an outside linebacker. The 6-2 200 pounder has said that Stanford and Utah are his current favorites among his nine offers. Bernard is a jack-of-all-trades for the Chandler Wolves (1-1). He plays some running back, receiver, safety and returns kicks. Bernard has told Scout.com in previous interviews that Stanford is looking at him at either safety spot. He has 18 tackles and 1 pick so far this season. Oregon and Oregon State look to be Stanford's biggest competition for Bernard as he lists those three schools as his current favorites. Bernard and Matthews will be playing against each other this week as Desert Vista travels to Chandler. Stanford is also trying to get an early jump on the 2009 recruits. They were one of six schools to extend official offers to the state's top junior, defensive end Devon Kennard, also from Desert Vista. Kennard has been a terror to opposing QBs thus far this season. The 6-3 230 pounder has recorded 23 tackles and 7.5 sacks in just two games. Stay tuned with Scout.com for more on these five players.
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